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[blan-dish-muh nt] /ˈblæn dɪʃ mənt/
Often, blandishments. something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.:
Our blandishments left him unmoved. We succumbed to the blandishments of tropical living.
Origin of blandishment
1585-95; blandish + -ment
flattery, cajolery, wheedling, ingratiation, fawning, blarney. Unabridged
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  • She simply listens to the blandishments of the procuress, while in the background the preoccupied clergyman ignores her.
  • Utilities and the government responded by offering tax incentives, subsidies and other blandishments.
  • Much depends on how smaller countries respond to the blandishments of their giant neighbours.
  • His fans back home occasionally despaired of him, but he never gave in to the blandishments that were offered.
  • There are many such publications which exploit people's vulnerability to such blandishments.
  • But many other hardened radicals are unlikely to heed such blandishments.
  • She's the ultimate materialist who may or may not deliver creative help in exchange for lavish blandishments.
  • Sometimes she writes as if to imply that reality best inscribes itself by remaining indifferent to the blandishments of eloquence.
  • Through four generations they remained cantankerous and tyrannical, largely resisting the blandishments of gentrification.
  • Because immigrants took low-paying jobs, natives could move up, live well-and resist socialist blandishments.
British Dictionary definitions for blandishments


plural noun
(rarely sing) flattery intended to coax or cajole
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Word Origin and History for blandishments



"flattering speech," 1590s, from blandish + -ment. Sense of "attraction, allurement" (often blandishments) is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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